Notebook: Jones making progress
Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:12 p.m.
Florida coach Will Muschamp said former starting tailback Matt Jones' recovery from a torn MCL is ahead of schedule, although he still will miss spring practice.
“Matt Jones had his second surgery on his knee today, and it was 90 percent healed,” Muschamp said. “They feel very comfortable that it's way further along than they thought it would be at this time and feel really good about him progressing well. He still won't go through spring.”
Muschamp said the only other injured players out for the spring are linebackers Matt Rolin (knee), Jeremi Powell (knee) and Alex Anzalone (shoulder).
“Our guys are working hard in the off-season program,” Muschamp said. “I'm very pleased with how that is going at this time. Some other guys will be limited in spring, but no one is going to be totally other than those (four) at this time that I know of.”
Driskel running again
Quarterback Jeff Driskel has taken another step in his recovery from a broken lower leg that knocked him out of the last nine games of the 2013 season.
Muschamp said Driskel should be full go for the start of spring practice.
“He is doing very well. He has started some jogging, and he's doing very well,” Muschamp said. “We moved (the start of spring) back to March 19th to give him another 10 days maybe.
“He would have been cleared before the previous date, but we felt like we should give him another week.”
Peterson joins UF staff
Former UF linebacker and undergraduate assistant coach Mike Peterson has been hired to the coaching staff full time, Muschamp said.
“Mike Peterson will be joining our staff full time in the weight room (on Feb. 24),” Muschamp said. “Finished up school this fall and played 14 years, I believe, in the National Football League and came back (last fall).
“Jeremy (Foley) has been great to all of our former players to be able to come back, finish school, and (Peterson is) one of those guys, got his degree in December.
“We looked round in the coaching ranks, and we had an opportunity in the weight room. To be able to hire a guy like that, former Gator, knows how it's going to be done the right way, that's invaluable for our players. So, great to have him on staff.”